Since the question has turned to salvation... No almost everything we discuss on this whole site is not a requirement to believe. Rather road blocks for the wise.
If you Believe (i) you are a sinner in need of a savior. and (ii) That Jesus died for you. Then That his blood will wash you and cover you. ThenThat your sins may be forgiven. and through this unselfish act you can be made right with God and be saved. Christians such as I believe That He rose again on the third day and defeated death. This ability to have your sins removed It's is a free gift. He did all the work for
you me. All you have I had to do is was accept it.
Many Christian commentators would disagree with you. They would say that believing Jesus is Yahweh IS A REQUIREMENT and here are a few commentaries on John 8:24 you can look at:
Matthew Henry: "He had said, You shall die in your sins, and here he stand to it: "Therefore I said, You shall die in your sins, because you are from beneath;' and he gives this further reason for it, If you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sins, v. 24. See here, (1.) What we are required to believe: that I am he, hoti egoµ eimi-that I am, which is one of God's names, Ex. 3:14.
John Wesley: "8:24 If ye believe not that I AM - Here (as in John 8:58) our Lord claims the Divine name, I AM, Exod 3:14. But the Jews, as if he had stopped short, and not finished the sentence, answered, Who art thou?"
Chuck Smith: "Jesus is actually using the name of God, "I AM." The word "he" was inserted by the translators (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58)."
David Guzik: "If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins: Jesus called them to believe that I am. The "He" is rightly in italics and added by the translators. The title "I am" is a claim to deity, and if the Pharisees will be saved from dying in their sins, they must believe in Jesus and in who He really is - God the Son."
John MacArthur: "The word "He" is not part of the original statement. Jesus' words were not constructed normally but were influenced by OT Heb. usage. It is an absolute usage meaning "I AM" and has immense theological significance. The reference may be to both Ex 3:14 where the Lord declared His name as "I AM" and to Is 40-55 where the phrase "I am" occurs repeatedly. In this, Jesus referred to himself as the God (Yahweh-the Lord) of the OT, and directly claimed full deity for Himself."
Now I'm sure you could find many commentators/Christians who would agree with your stance on this requirement in John 8:24 but that is my whole point. If one verse concerning salvation can be interpretated differently amongst Christians then the doctrine of salvation is deemed unclear. And like I said, who would want to go swimming in the Christian pool of salvation with even one MASSIVE TURD in it?
Now who should I believe? Harbinger77 or Matthew Henry, John Wesley, Chuck Smith, David Guzik and John MacArthur? You say that it IS NOT a requirement for one to believe that Jesus is Yahweh (I AM) and these other Christian commentators say that IT IS a requirement to believe that Jesus is Yahweh unless I will "die in my sins". Who's gospel is right?
Who should I believe is "accursed" according to Paul (Gal. 1:9)? Who is preaching to me a contrary gospel to Paul's gospel? Do you have a good defense as to why these popular commentators might be accursed in Paul's eyes? Why should the "I AM" not be taken as a title in John 8:24? Please, "make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15). What is your "hope" that your gospel is right?
P.S. Isn't it unfortunate and frustrating that the bible calls this faith "the hope" and not "the assurance"? I know when I leave a doctor's office I want the doctor to say, "I am assured you will get better" --- Not "I hope you get better".